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Pineland acacia Vachellia farnesiana var. pinetorum
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
General Landscape Uses:
An accent flowering shrub in sunny locations. Also an effective and colorful addition to spiny barrier plantings.
Ecological Restoration Notes: It can be used in low densities as an understory shrub in pine rocklands, but can quickly overwhelm small spaces.
Grown by a few native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description: Medium shrub with long zigzag branches armed with stout pairs of stipular spines. Leaves thin and feathery, light green. Similar to Vachellia farnesiana var. farnesiana but generally smaller in all respects.
Dimensions: Typically 3-6 feet in height; rarely to 10 feet or more. As broad as tall or broader.
Growth Rate: Moderate.
Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade, Collier and Lee counties; disjunct in Pasco and Hernando counties. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Key Largo (where very rare) to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key and nearby islands. Apparently planted outside its historical range in Broward County and perhaps escaped from cultivation there.